Dynasty leagues are always deeper than redraft leagues, but this week, I’m going extremely deep! These are players that are on the fringe of being worth rostering but still warrant consideration, in my opinion. I’m not saying you have to add these players. It always depends on who you’d drop.
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Week 9 Dynasty Fantasy Football Stashes
Of all of the QB options I could pick for this week, I just can’t get away from Jacoby Brissett. Contrary to the rumors, he wasn’t traded at the deadline earlier this week. If he had been, perhaps he would have seen his dynasty value increase. Instead, he’s staying on the Commanders, where he hasn’t taken a single snap in 2023. He has zero points in fantasy right now. So why would I recommend adding him?
The answer is that I still think he has something left in the tank, and I think he will see meaningful snaps again in the future. It might not be this season, but Brissett is still worth rostering in Superflex leagues. Sam Howell has looked pretty good, but injuries are always just around the corner. The Commanders were big sellers at the deadline, moving two of their top defensive assets. There are also rumors that a coaching change is possible this offseason. All of this chaos might make you lean away from them, but I love leaning into chaos in dynasty. That’s why I’m adding Brissett wherever I can.
The next stash candidate on my list this week is another player with zero fantasy points on the year. Isreal Abanikanda hasn’t seen a single snap this season, but I think his talent will win out if you’re patient with him. He was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash time. That kind of speed can’t be taught and is hard to find.
The husk of Dalvin Cook shouldn’t worry you for fantasy purposes, and Michael Carter hasn’t exactly been stellar this year, either. While the Jets are looking better than expected without QB Aaron Rodgers, at some point, I expect them to turn to the youth and see what they have in Abanikanda. He’s often a healthy scratch on game days, so he’s likely on your waivers, even in deeper leagues. I’d much rather roster him than a 10th WR who will never see my lineup.
Running backs are some of the best options for stash candidates. This is usually because the current NFL is a next-man-up league, and all you need is a solid opportunity to be fantasy-relevant. The Cowboys have Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle ahead of Deuce Vaughn on the depth chart, but the rookie has still seen a pretty fair amount of touches. His 20 carries for 40 yards aren’t impressive on their own, but the volume is a good sign, at least.
Dowdle only has 33 carries of his own, and all three RBs are averaging under four yards per carry for the year. If the Cowboys need to rely on Vaughn, that likely means the wheels have come off in terms of their playoff prospects. However, that could be beneficial for Vaughn managers in dynasty. He’s worth a stash in some formats, at least.
Another player with zero fantasy points joins the list, this time on the hapless Patriots. The team’s WR1, Kendrick Bourne, was sent to IR after a season-ending ACL injury. This leaves injury-prone veterans DeVante Parker and JuJu Smith-Schuster, along with rookie Demario Douglas, as the top trio remaining. These players are likely rostered, but I’m looking deeper at fellow rookie Kayshon Boutte.
Boutte has only seen four targets, all in Week 1, catching none of them. Yet, with the field clearing ahead of him, I wouldn’t be shocked if he becomes fantasy-relevant down the stretch this year. He shined in the preseason. If QB Mac Jones ends up benched for Bailey Zappe, I wouldn’t be shocked if he focuses on fellow second-teamer Boutte. This would make both potentially more trade-viable options for fantasy managers.
I’m starting to wonder if the Broncos are cursed. They started the year by putting WR Tim Patrick on IR, and he was later joined by TE Greg Dulcich and WR Brandon Johnson. Due to this, Denver has activated Lil’Jordan Humphrey for each game of the year. He’s had more transactions to his name than most, being released, signed and activated frequently. He’s literally been on the roster bubble, but I think all of that changes now that Johnson will miss time.
Humphrey had his best week in Week 1 when he caught both of his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown. Since then, he’s been very quiet, but he’s been available. On a team like this, that might just be enough. There was a lot of talk about the team trading WR Jerry Jeudy or WR Courtland Sutton, but nothing happened, and both remain on the roster. Behind them, the team rosters second-round pick Marvin Mims, Humphrey and that’s it. The Broncos haven’t looked stellar this year, but I’m fine stashing Humphrey in deeper formats just to see how things play out here.
Pharaoh Brown is my tight end pick this week and is almost definitely available in your leagues. He’s teammates with fellow stash candidate Boutte and is someone I’m stashing in deeper tight-end premium formats only. On the year, Brown has seven catches on seven targets for 170 yards and a touchdown. He’s averaging 24.3 yards per target and has more PPR fantasy points than fellow tight ends Pat Freiermuth, Michael Mayer and Durham Smythe, all of whom are much more likely to be rostered in leagues.
What’s weird about Brown is that he’s a big-play tight end on a bad team. Of his seven catches, only one has gone for fewer than 10 yards. He ends up finding a seam and making it count. He’s definitely a boom-or-bust player, but that’s true for almost any tight end on your bench. I’m stashing Brown because I think his big-play ability will stand out, and the team will be hard-pressed to ignore it. In tight-end premium formats, you could do worse as players get hurt, and byes ravage your lineups.